Informed Weekend: 10 Links I Learned From This Week (Vol. 27)

Here are the ten(ish) links I learned from this week:

  1. Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton: What Bernie Sanders Meant (FiveThirtyEight)
  2. Donald Trump Postpones Naming Running Mate (The New York Times)
  3. Why millennials aren’t going to solve the nation’s massive racial divides (The Washington Post)
  4. How Dallas Built a Model Police Force (BuzzFeedNews)
    1. Further Reading: George W. Bush in Dallas: “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples.” (Vox)
  5. The interesting thing that happens when a Republican marries a Democrat (The Washington Post)
    1. Further Reading: How your political views affect who you think is attractive (The Washington Post)
  6. Why is it so controversial when someone says “All Lives Matter” instead of “Black Lives Matter”?  (Reddit)
  7. How do you know if a poll is any good? The 80-55-40 Rule (The Atlantic)
  8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Expresses Regret for Criticizing Trump (The New York Times)
  9. We asked 8 political scientists if party platforms matter. Here’s what we learned. (Vox)
  10. President Obama can thank Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for his growing popularity (The Washington Post)
  11. #ObamaJAMA: Obama Just Became the First Sitting President to Publish an Academic Paper (Science.Mic)
  12. Past and future Trumps (The Economist)

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6 thoughts on “Informed Weekend: 10 Links I Learned From This Week (Vol. 27)

  1. I appreciated Harry Enten’s article in FiveThirtyEight, for recognizing Bernie Sander’s successes in this campaign – among them, energizing young voters, pulling the conversation to the left, and shaking up the status-quo within the Democratic party. However, I’m also glad to see someone address the elephant in the room, namely that Sanders did not enthuse the Democratic base. I was a Sander’s supporter in this year’s primary, and I’m hopeful that the momentum provided by his campaign can be useful in reshaping the party, and propelling the progressive movement. But, those who are still holding out for President Sanders have, in my opinion, missed the point of his campaign entirely.

    • Thanks for your comment, April! Which policy issues do you especially want to see reshape the Democratic Party?

  2. After reading the article about Justice Ginsburg, I do have to express my opinion that it’s pretty scary that a an unelected supreme court judge, who has a life-time term and is supposed to be a check on the president would wade into the presidential race.

    If Trump is elected president, I believe she would have to recuse herself from any case involving him because of the nasty comments she made about him. This is almost unheard of coming from a justice on the supreme court.

    • Miles, yes the article addressed that RGB’s comments were unprecedented for a Supreme Court Justice and that she apologized for them. In your opinion, is the apology enough?

  3. After see the article with he title “How do you know if a poll is any good?” I was immediately intrigued. After every debate, town hall meeting, or stamens from a candidate most, if not all, major media outlets covering the election will come out with some sort of poll. How did the event immediately affect the audience and what is their take on it. I never know if these polls could be trusted because I also feel they are bias in who they ask and could be a very emotional response right after the event. The article provides a way to decipher the truth and to look back on history to see if these polls really make sense. The article was great insight.

    • Yes, great insight in article. Still, you need to be wary of polls. One poll or another may be extreme, but the polling average (average across multiple polls) is usually closer to the “truth”.

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